We have 5 or 6" now and it was still coming down light last time I looked. Supposed to keep going overnight, but not heavily. Still, the city is a mess. Over 200 wrecks, schools and city closed tomorrow, water main break on the north side. DH may argue with me about us not living in "the south", but people around here drive like they've never seen snow before. We are hunkered down, DH will work from home tomorrow, if there is any work.
Did a little crafting this afternoon. Wasn't really motivated.
Since there's no quilt bee tomorrow I'll be home and try and sew something. Or at least tidy up the sewing room some.
Saw the new JA ad. More of the same stuff they always have. I may go later in the week to check out the 70% off holiday stuff. Next year I am giving everyone christmas socks or slipper socks as gifts, and I am buying them on sale this winter.
12-16-2019, 01:01 AM
Six inches can thoroughly mess up any city. It always baffles me why people refuse to slow down. I'm glad your husband has the option to work from home. Weather channel pre-empted their programming for your storm, and they were talking about your area.
Yes it is pretty. SD we want updates on the writing project....
Wrist is better but I will stick to cross-stitch & the sewing machine for a while. Plenty to do. I think I want to make a carrier for the round plastic cake cover (pie carrier too I guess). It needs to be bigger than a regular grocery tote but less deep. I have several heavy-weight fabrics that would work. So that's sewing project #5.
12-16-2019, 08:55 AM
I would like to do something like that quilt style crochet blanket sometime. When I retire I would like to try making an intermediate level afghan. I have crocheted a bit, but I generally stick to really easy things.
For me it feels like the holidays have kind of crept up. Generally I make some jewelry for family members and get it mailed off early in December. But I had jury duty on my off day. (I get every other Monday off in exchange for working 9 hour days.) That would be the day I would normally do it. And then yesterday, I tried to make some things and nothing really worked out. So sometime this week, I am just going to get out my bead stash and make some random stuff.
Between the jury duty (thankfully only one day), dental appointments, and office reorganization I feel like my energy levels are pretty low. And then their are the multiple office parties at work. I am pretty introverted so that takes a lot out of me. But people in my office would think it is rude if I don't go.
I find it hard to get rid of things. Both my parent are hoarders. I am not technically a hoarder. At least not at the level where I would meet the official diagnostic criteria. My parents would meet the criteria though. But I do sometimes find myself not getting rid of stuff I really should get rid of.
I have a bunch of paper craft type things. This includes paper I set kept from random things because it looked nice and I could use it for something. I am probably not going to get back into this, yet I still keep it.
I think it is difficult for my to accept that I have made a mistake. In other words that I spent a bunch of money for stuff that I turned out not to be that into.
The big thing is my embroidery machine. It was pricey. Well it is old now, so people there are probably things that are both cheaper and better out now. So it might not actually be worth much currently. Kind of like an old computer. I find that using the machine, I do not really feel like I embroidered a thing. I feel like the machine embroidered a thing. (When I use a regular sewing machine, it still feels like I am sewing. Of course it is more hands on that the embroidery machine.) And the machine was kind of fiddly. I kept having issues with thread tension. And sometimes things did not turn out right and I was not able to figure out why. It was just not fun for me. So why can't I bring myself to through it away? I am not sure. Maybe because it feels like less of a waste of money if I keep it.
Then there is my serger sewing machine. I have not used it for years. I found it pain to solve thread tension issues. And I don't like having to get four large cones of thread in each color I want to sew with. That really eats into my craft storage space. This is another thing I really should get rid of.
Then I have this thing to drill little holes in small things to make pendants, key chains etc. That come with a vice to hold the small thing in place. And this bulky safety helmet shield thing. That is high on the probably not going to use again list.
So maybe four things to get rid off. I still sometimes glue pictures on plain notebooks, so I might keep a little bit of the paper.
I think that is the bulk of it. I do use the bead stash occasionally. And I might start doing a little more with mixing that with embroidery. I might pick up more smaller beads to use with that. Or maybe more flat beads.
The poly clay is a maybe. I might do some something with that in the future. And it is only one small drawer. I do crochet once and a while and that is something I want get back into. So the yarn is a keeper. I do want to keep my markers, pens, ink and watercolor since I would like to get back into that. I did give away some of pens to my son because he wanted to try making a bullet journal.
12-16-2019, 09:02 AM
Looks like everyone had productive, if laid back weekends. I went larping on Saturday so didn't get much done then. I did offer to make some afgans for friends but also told them it might take a bit to get them done. I want to finish the two wool lapgans first.
Got some writing (not as much as I would like) and crocheting done on Sunday, though. I'm on the last skein for wool lapgan #1. I don't know if I will use the entire thing but I know that one of the people I am giving them to is definitely taller than I am. So I will probably end up using the whole skein. Even if my friends don't keep these, whoever they end up giving them to will likely be on the tall side as well.
12-16-2019, 11:09 AM
DLR, I haven't started writing again yet. Thanks for the reminder I need to get that organized, starting with finding out where I stashed my manuscript. I haven't done a thing about getting my office in shape either. Every time I go out there, I'm so overwhelmed by the stacks of stuff, I just leave again. Gotta get over that somehow.
Kathy, you don't need to use 4 cones of matching thread on your serger. You only really need to match the thread in the left needle to the fabric. There is also a hack I've seen online where you can use your sewing machine bobbin winder to wind thread onto an empty spool to use on the serger. Although now that I think about it, I don't know why just the bobbin wouldn't work by itself, if you only need a small amount of a certain color. What has saved me the most money over the yrs is using either black or white thread. Most print fabrics have either black or white or both in the print, so using one or the other works just fine most of the time. That applies to sergers or sewing machines. Black and white thread is generally cheaper than other colors, so I use it whenever I can. I buy serger thread in any color at thrift stores or anywhere else I see it cheap, and if I did not, I wouldn't have anything but black and white. If I don't have a matching color to serge something that can't use black or white, I seam the item on the sewing machine and use the serger just to bind the seams, a technique I sometimes see in ready mades, too. I've accumulated a big drawer full of serger thread only because of the incredible amount of thread I burned through making liners for DfG. For those, I usually used four different colors because it didn't matter. Since that's what's usually in my sergers, I often use it on other projects where color doesn't matter, too. Given that it costs $16 each to thread my 2 residential sergers and $75 to thread my little industrial beast, there's no way I'm going to invest in a bunch of different colors!
Machine tension can be touchy. Last time I had my little serger serviced, the tech made a diagram for the settings. I put stickers on the machine by each knob, so I don't forget.
I got the last paint on the birdhouses, so that's done. They can dry till tomorrow. All that's left is to attach the chains for hanging, which will only take a few minutes. I even have a box to put them in for wrapping. All set.
Still snowing here. It seems like good soup weather. The chicken juice leaked all over a cauliflower in the fridge, so we can't eat that raw. I guess I better go find a cauliflower soup recipe.
12-16-2019, 11:18 AM
I like this scrappy quilt. It's different and easy. I'm not a fan of using selvages though. Attachment 49941
I seem to be spending way too much time on Pinterest lately. 😁
12-16-2019, 12:11 PM
That afghan is gorgeous. I would like to do something like that if I could figure out crochet. I've always like the look of multicolor afghans. I like the idea of a selvedge quilt, but you need so many of them, and a lot of fabric doesn't come with any. Just seems like an exercise in futility.
SD, could you blanch the cauliflower and still eat it? It would still be fairly crunchy after a few minutes in hot water. I love creamy cauliflower soup, though. It's such a versatile vegetable.
It's snowing again, though we won't get much today.
12-16-2019, 12:57 PM
I really like that quilt. How is it constructed? It looks like the individual blocks were quilted before they were joined. Is that just an illusion?
Our weather here always feels like old news during the winter. The system has finally reached us and the rain has just started. The last I looked it was only.showing rain a couple of hours, but we’re under a tornado watch until 6:00, so that may have changed. It was 75 when I got up, but the temp has started sliding down, should be at the freezing mark by tonight. The next two nights are predicting around 29, then it’s over. A pretty typical winter storm for us.
SD - my worktable is like your office. It’s just overwhelming and I keep putting it off until tomorrow, but eventually tomorrow really does have to become today.
Kathy - those can be hard decisions to make, but I always feel better after I have let something go.
12-16-2019, 03:21 PM
Good going on working on your writing, Ren. I haven't even turned on my computer since September. Need to get back to BITCHOK.
CH, I could blanch the cauliflower, but I'm not sure that would do it. The cauliflower was sitting on the stem in a puddle of juice, and the stem was wet through the wrapper. Not sure what might have gotten sucked up inside the plant, so want it thouroughly cooked. Soup sounds good anyway.
I bet if you asked your quilting buddies to save their selvages for you, you could scare up enough. Not everyone would want to make one themselves. I wonder if places that do long arm quilting commercially or other places that deal with lots of selvage yardage ever save that stuff for people. It might be cute to make a quilt with a few selvage accent blocks and the rest string blocks or some other kind of scrappy blocks. You know, something you could do in your spare time. :lol:
D, I like the quilt in part because, the way it's quilted, it resembles a string quilt, which I like. I think the batting was quilted to the blocks, then the blocks joined together. If I did it, I would add the backing in strips as each quilted row was added, but I'm lazy that way. I can only dream of doing a quilt as perfectly neat as that.
I'm working on modding this curtain today: Attachment 49943
It's taking way longer than it seems like it should. A lot of ripping was involved though, which is all done now. My pails with all kinds of stuff in them are at the bottom of the rack, and I get into those often enough the curtain is an annoyance when closed, so it ends up never closed, thus never protecting my fabric which is its sole purpose. The pails don't need protection from light, so I'm making the curtain about half as long. I doubled the curtain since it's just a cheap, thin, almost transparent sheet, and stitched the hem to the header, so just need to make a new hem. I think I will like it much better.
12-16-2019, 03:38 PM
I know how you feel about your work table, D. Mine isn't cleared off yet either. I don't know why. I like it so much better when it is.
12-16-2019, 04:01 PM
SD, thanks. I'm not doing as much on my writing as I would like. I keep distracting myself by going on the internet when I'm at the coffee shop. Although I'm starting to want to write at home so there's some improvement there. I am keeping up with my notebooks with ideas to potentially use in my writing, so I'm glad about that.
12-16-2019, 04:33 PM
Nobody ever does as much writing as they would like. :sigh:
12-16-2019, 05:22 PM
Got the curtain done. Attachment 49947
Shoulda washed and pressed it, but nah. It's good enough for who it's for. At least it's one more annoying little chore off my list. It looks better than the stuff behind it, which is well organized but cluttery.